Playing with Tech: Multimodal Assignment Design

The “Playing with Tech: Designing Multimodal Assignments” workshop encourages participants to engage with multimedia tools and assignment design in a low-stress, playful setting. Modalities include “visual, audio, gestural, spatial, or linguistic means of creating meaning” (Selfe 195). Multimodal assignments encourage students to consider composition as more than than textual, a skill which is increasingly important in digital spaces. The workshop consists of three 20-minute sections covering a selection of tools: GIF makers, mind mapping, and screencasting software. For each section, participants engage in an example assignment and discussion, demonstrating the potential of a particular tool. They then consider how they might design their own assignment with that modality in mind. Facilitators also offer further multimodal options and current tech tools for participants to explore beyond the constraints of the workshop. An interactive version of the agenda is available here. 


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